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Advanced Micro Devices said on Thursday that it had taped out numerous of its products due next year and there are many working chips from 2013 product lineup at the company’s labs, including code-named Kabini accelerated processing unit (APU). The company promised to release the Kabini system-on-chip, which will replace current Brazos 2.0 low-power platform, in the first half of 2013. Unfortunately, nothing was said about new high-performance solutions.

“We already have working silicon for many of our new 2013 products in house, including our next-generation 28nm Kabini APU, which is the successor to our highly successful Brazos platform and our first true SoC design. We are making good progress with the bring up of Kabini, which remains on track to launch in the first half of next year,” said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD, during a conference call with financial analysts.

AMD Kabini will feature up to four x86 cores based on Jaguar micro-architecture, new-generation graphics adapter as well as a number of improvements related to heterogeneous processing and system architecture. Most importantly, Kabini will also integrated input/output capabilities in addition to a new memory controller, which will greatly simplify designs of netbooks, ultra-thin notebooks and other low-power devices. Kabini will be made using 28nm process technology.

In order to significantly improve performance of Jaguar-based APUs over the Bobcat-powered chips, AMD decided to go into virtually all logical directions: increase the amount of cores, boost clock-speed, add support for modern instructions, increase amount of executed instructions per clock (IPC). AMD also decided to improve power efficiency through clock gating and unit redesign in a bid to ensure lower idle power consumption compared to existing low-power designs.  Jaguar features SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AES, PCLMUL, AVX, BMI, F16C as well as MOVBE. Jaguar also introduces 128-bit floating point unit (FPU) with enhancements and double-pumping to support 256-bit AVX instructions as well as an innovative integer unit with new hardware divider, larger schedulers and more out-of-order resources. AMD implemented a new CC6 state with even deeper energy economy, with each core able to go there independently.

It is noteworthy that while AMD specifically stated that it is on track with Kabini, it did not say a word about higher-performance solutions, namely Kaveri, which will utilize Steamroller x86 cores on which the company pins a lot of hopes.

Tags: AMD, Jaguar, Bobcat, x86, Kabini, Kaveri


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Discussion started: 10/19/12 02:28:52 AM
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The 5/12w dual core, as well as 17/25W quad Kabinis have been in the catalyst drivers since June. I would sincerely hope they have samples if they already have tdp bins.

It makes sense they are championing Kabini and not Kaveri.

Desktop/Laptop Haswell is launching ~ beginning of Q213. Will Kaveri? Probably not, given the fact they just launched a desktop apu and are about to launch a discrete cpu. Regardless of when it does occur, after Haswell launches they are stuck in their typical position...although perhaps more middle-of-the-road than the separated niches you could either praise or be disappointed we've had up to this point.

Now, look at the competition for Kabini:

It is a dual core Haswell part with up to GT3 graphics (essentially up to 160 shaders from AMD but with on-package cache at the high-end) at an unknown clock using around 15w.

The key part of that, of course...launching end of q2 to early q3 for windows 7 support in late q3 to q4.

IOW, AMD has a really tiny gap to seize the weird thin/light or x86 tablet market before Intel relegates them back down (rightfully so or not). They HAVE to get Kabini out and secure market share by either being first or having an option at the same time with superior graphics/video/compute (ala HSA etc) support. This is still a market AMD can succeed in, even on an inferior process (just like brazos vs. atom). They simply need to build a well-balanced chip for the market constraints, capitalize on their strengths, and most importantly execute it on time.
5 1 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 10/19/12 02:28:52 AM]
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AMD has to scure thier market share in tablets with Brazoses which were mulling since end of 2010 and certainly with Brazos 2.0. Kaveri should be in production since this year if they want to secure anything ntm grab more market in netbooks/tablets abefore new revamped Atom x86-64 Valleyview shows during the next year

when that happens they essentially lose because people like to buy Intel no matter if it came out with some serious bugs like there were in first Core2 processors at 65nm node. Its simple true people are stupid enoug to recognize brand and AMD traditionally has been really poor in executing their marketing stuff.
5 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 10/19/12 03:32:48 AM]
Regrettably true.
1 0 [Posted by: mosu  | Date: 10/21/12 11:15:46 AM]

I think AMD is a good buy right now, this is the cheapest you will ever see it. They have research going on in Costa Rica that I think is going to make them a fortune.
1 1 [Posted by: ticoTech  | Date: 10/19/12 07:44:44 AM]

Frustrating that AMD is sticking with the 28nm process. I'm sure they could scale up with something smaller.
1 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 10/19/12 08:08:15 AM]

"including our next-generation 28nm Kabini APU"

And Intel starts making the first Broadwell 14nm wafers next month. Haswell has been around for the past 4 months (yes it really does take 9 to 12 months to get them stable enough for sale to the public). AMD is falling more and more behind which is unfortunate because I have a significant investment in them that has been getting raped up the ass over the last week. It's nice making money thought when either Intel or AMD do well. "It's like pizza baby it's good anytime!"
2 1 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 10/19/12 11:44:26 PM]
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actually with a 28 vs 22nm AMD is closer then ever.
3 3 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 10/20/12 01:58:16 AM]


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